Theatres of War: French Committed Theatre from the Second World War to the Cold War

Theatres of War: French Committed Theatre from the Second World War to the Cold War

Theatres of War: French Committed Theatre from the Second World War to the Cold War

Theatres of War: French Committed Theatre from the Second World War to the Cold War

Synopsis

"But some literary works... acquire, as the years go by, a ''petite madeleine'' quality that brings back, especially to those fortunate to have tasted them when they came out, the whole atmosphere of the period in which they were first produced. This is particularly true of several of the fifteen plays studied in this well-researched and impeccably documented book... Freeman brings the atmosphere of the late 1940s and early 1950s so compellingly back to life that I felt at times as though I was reading a particularly good historical novel." – MLR 94.3, 1999

Excerpt

Non, l’artiste ne peut plus s’enfermer dans une tour, fût-elle
d’ivoire. Les plus obstinés dans l’erreur ne peuvent plus
ignorer maintenant que la vie d’un artiste est liée à la vie de
son pays.

[No, the artist can no longer lock himself away in a tower, even an
ivory one. the most stubborn believers in this fallacy can no
longer fail to be aware that an artist’s life is bound up with that of
his country
.]

Armand Salacrou, French Writers’ Peace Conference,
June 1946 (Salacrou, 1947: 358)

A dater de la Libération, prendre parti devient la vertu
cardinale du clerc, la participation à la lutte politique n’est
plus une exception mais la règle. La question n’est plus:
’Doit-on s’engager?’ mais ‘peut-on ne pas s’engager?’

[From the Liberation onwards taking sides became the cardinal
virtue of the intellectual; participating in political struggle became
the exception rather than the rule. It was no longer a question of
’Should one be committed?’ but ‘Could one not be committed
?’]

Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia, Histoire politique
des intellectuels en France (1944–1954)
Vol. 1
Des lendemains qui déchantent (1991: 18)

This is a study of a dozen carefully selected French plays about conflict and violence which were all performed in the ten years following the Second World War. Only just performed, in some cases, because of their politically sensitive nature, which caused them to fall foul of the . . .

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